Tierra Verde Homes For Sale
Island Life Minutes from the City
The communities of Tierra Verde, Isla Del Sol, and Bayway Isles are located on a group of islands between St. Petersburg and St. Pete Beach. The islands are connected on either side to both cities offering convenient access to both the mainland and the beaches. Isla Del Sol is dominated by condominiums offer gorgeous water views with town homes toward the interior of the island. A beautiful golf course meanders through the Island and is accessible by membership in the Isla Del Sol Yacht and Country Club. Just a bridge to the south are the islands that make up Tierra Verde. You can search for Tierra Verde Homes below.
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Tierra Verde Homes for Sale
Fine Florida living at the water's edge.
The Tierra Verde Community, which is located on the southernmost tip of Pinellas County, Florida, is not part of any municipality. The community is a part of unincorporated Pinellas County and is governed by Pinellas County regulations. Tierra Verde id generally viewed as a haven for the wealthy, but in fact homes start in the high $100’s and reach well into the millions with many price points in between. You can search for Tierra Verde homes for sale below.
Tierra Verde was once 15 islands covered with foliage. These islands ranged in size from only a few acres to the largest, Cabbage Key, having over 289 acres. For centuries, Indians used the islands for ceremonial and burial grounds. Now it’s a vast residential community with high-end single family homes and luxury condominiums. It also serves as the gateway to the award-winning beach, Fort DeSoto.
Fort DeSoto is located just south of Tierra Verde, and was rated America’s Top Beach in both 2008 and 2009 by TripAdvisor. In 2005, Fort Desoto was also recognized by Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, also known as “Dr. Beach,” for being the nation’s number-one beach.
Fort DeSoto features rare, pristine, white sandy beaches along with unadulterated wildlife, plants, and birds. Along with a 1,136 acre park complete with hiking trails, a large campsite, and a popular fishing pier, Fort DeSoto offers a stunning glimpse of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, particularly during twilight hours, just as the sun is about to set.
In addition to Fort DeSoto, Tierra Verde has shops and excellent dining. A group of businesses midway on the island is affectionately known as “Downtown Tierra Verde” by the locals (Downtown Tierra Verde Facebook page). This group of businesses includes, professional offices, shops and excellent dining. Behind it is the famous Billy’s Stone Crab restaurant, a local favorite.
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Island Life on Tierra Verde
History and demographics
The population was 3,721 at the 2010 census. The community is located on an island near the entrance of Tampa Bay, and is connected by the bridges of the Pinellas Bayway to both St. Petersburg and St. Pete Beach. At the southern end of Tierra Verde is Fort De Soto, a county park.
Tierra Verde is was originally a chain or 15 islands owned by the federal government for military use.
Tierra Verde was once 15 islands covered with mangroves, pines and bush. These islands ranged in size from only a few acres to the largest, Cabbage Key, having over 289 acres (1.17 km2). For centuries, Native Americans used the islands for ceremonial and burial grounds. A marker remains on the east side of Pinellas Bayway, just north of East Shore Drive, where Native American relics were found in a typical shell mound, excavated when the road was built to Fort De Soto Park. The islands were sacred ground to Native nations as far back as 500 years ago, archaeologists suggest, and deadly conflicts occurred when outsiders trespassed.
Then the Spanish explorers came. One explorer, Juan Ponce de León, came to the area in 1513, and again in 1521, when he received the wound that he later died from after returning to Cuba. Later, Hernando de Soto, Narvaez and Juan Ortiz explored, and then pirates and buccaneers sailed the area, including José Gaspar, Juan Gomez and Jean Lafitte. A treasure was reputed to have once been buried here.
In 1848 Robert E. Lee, then a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. army, recommended that Mullet Key be used for coastal defense in Florida. During the Spanish–American War of 1898, Fort De Soto was built on Mullet Key. Remains of the fort still stand, along with fortifications on Egmont Key. In 1948 the federal government sold Mullet Key to Pinellas County for park and recreation facilities, now Fort De Soto Park.
Today, after decades of development, the Tierra Verde homes for sale offer a wide range of choices for island living. There are town homes, condos, and single family homes ranging from the high 100’s for a one bedroom condo all the way to multi-million dollar estates.
As of the census of 2000, there were 3,574 people, 1,661 households, and 1,132 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 938.7/km² (2,430.1/mi²). There were 1,975 housing units at an average density of 518.7/km² (1,342.9/mi²). In 2010 the median income for a household in the CDP was $100,500, and the median income for a family was $125,547.
Public Schools Zoned For Tierra Verde
- Elementary – Gulfport Elementary, 2014 52nd Ave. S, St. Petersburg, FL 33707
- Middle School – Bay Point Middle School, 2151 62nd Ave. S, St. Petersburg, FL 33712
- High School – Lakewood High School, 1400 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg, FL 33705
Public school zoning is subject to change. Please visit Pinellas County Schools website for up to date zoning.
Private Schools Near Tierra Verde
- Admiral Farragut Academy, Coed, Military, 501 Park St. N, St. Petersburg, FL 33710, 727.384.5500
- Our Savior Lutheran Church and School, 5843 4th Ave. S, St. Petersburg, FL 33707, 727.344.1026
- Shorecrest Preparatory School, Coed, Independent, PK-12th Grade5101 1st St. NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33703, 727.522.2111
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